Medical Terminology & Billing Student Resources

Registration for the fall semester of this course has passed. We will offer another course in January 2020. Please check back.

Spring 2020 Schedule:
Due to the community health situation surrounding COVID-19, we are unsure whether the January 2020-May 2020 class will be offered in person or online. Typically this class is offered during the morning and evening sessions in person at Riverside Adult School. Health conditions permitting, we will return to on campus instruction only. If we are not able to offer this course on campus/in person we will offer this course online. We hope to have information near the end of November/December about the schedule for this course.

Medical Terminology & Billing program description:  

This Riverside Adult School (RAS) course is designed to prepare students for an entry level career in Medical Billing. The course will prepare individuals to seek entry level employment as a Medical Biller. Students who already work in the medical field can benefit from this program by advancing their skills. Students completing the course with a grade of "C" or better, and 90-100% attendance, will receive a certificate of completion from the Riverside Adult School/Riverside Unified School District. 

The Medical Terminology portion of RAS program is articulated with the Riverside Community College District/Moreno Valley College (MVC) for 3 units of college credit. Students who earn a"B" or better in Medical Terminology will be able to apply for college credit at MVC. 

Who should enroll in this program?

  • Those with an interest in record keeping, calculating patient charges and review of files.
  • Job seekers interested in becoming a Medical Biller whose job duties include: 
  • Reading and analyzing patient records
  • Determining the correct codes for patient records
  • Using codes to bill insurance providers
  • Interacting with physicians and assistants to ensure accuracy
  • Keeping track of patient data over multiple visits
  • Managing detailed, specifically-coded information
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality and information security

Pre-requisites: This program is free of charge to any person above the age of 18 who meets the following pre-requisites. In order to apply to this program a student must:

  • Graduation from high school is recommended but not required. Most jobs in the medical billing field require you to have graduated from high school or have earned your GED. 
  • Students who have previously been removed from this program for lack of attendance or other reasons may not be eligible to re-enroll.
  • Have basic computer skills, have a computer and internet access. The medical billing/coding field requires the use of computerized software programs. RAS'  program will provide instruction in the software programs, but due to the accelerated pace of the program time on remedial computer skills instruction is not available.
  • Complete a reading and listening assessment, that will be administered as part of the registration process and is a determining factor in enrollment.  If the score indicates that the student is lacking the reading and listening skills necessary to be successful in the program enrollment will be denied. Students must have a reading and listening level equivalent to the 9th grade of high school.

*eligible students are those that have a complete application and have taken the reading and listening assessment scoring into the acceptable range.

The Fall 2020 session of this class is offered online only. Interaction between the students and teacher will be via Zoom/Google Meets, and Email. Online meetings will be scheduled in the morning and evening timeframes so that it is accessible for working adults or those caring for others.

Attendance: Due to the online nature of this course, there is no physical attendance requirement. Students must keep in contact with the teacher and submit assigned work online weekly. Students who do not check in with the teacher, and fail to submit assigned work weekly will be dropped from the class. Please communicate with your teacher about any issues that are causing you to lack participation. 

Textbooks: Riverside Adult School, through funds from our California Adult Education Program Grant, provides the use of the electronic textbooks for all but one of the required textbooks. Students need to purchase their own copy of "CPT 2017 Standard". This textbook is available for purchase online for under $25. Here is a link to the CPT 2017 Standard on Amazon:

The remainder of the texts are provided to students electronically at no charge.

If a student would like to purchase hardcopy of all of the textbooks they are able to do so. Riverside Adult School does not sell textbooks.  Some retailers offer books for rent as well. Here is a link to who has all of the textbooks that we use in the program available to rent for under $220 for the semester. You can use the ISBN number listed below to search for the textbooks on

As a courtesy we have provided links to Amazon for the specific books used in our program if you would like to purchase them:

The Language of Medicine ISBN 9780323370813

Insurance Handbook for the Medical Office ISBN 0323594409

2017 ICD-10-CM Standard Edition ISBN 0323431194 

AMA 2017 CPT Standard Edition ISBN 1622023986 


Contact or call us at 951-788-7185 

Current Students - click below to access the Medical Terminology Textbook

The Language of Medicine Textbook: please click here for the PDF versions of the textbook chapters used in class.

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